Mon.Jul 25, 2011

Leadership Lessons from Heroes, the Bravest of Men

C-Level Strategies

I had the great honor of hearing two recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor speak on Friday at a public event in my small, suburban Chicago community. It was a tremendously moving, probably once-in-a-lifetime experience.

5 Tips when Communicating with Men

Ron Edmondson

I hear from both sides continually. Between the two sexes, communication appears to be the biggest struggle. It’s a constant work in progress in my own marriage. The differences in men and women make communication difficult.

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Four Reasons Leaders Should Check Out Google+

Kevin Eikenberry

While I am a social media user and I am probably more active in using social media for business purposes than the general population, I’m not a social media expert, and I don’t know if this tool will replace Facebook or diminish the value of LinkedIn. I’ll leave that for someone else. My purposes for [.]. Change Leadership Learning Google+ networking social media

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How To Identify When Leaders Are Stressed Out | Chief Learning Officer []

Weekly Leader

Workplace stress looks different than it did two years ago when much of it was prompted by layoffs and negative business news. leadership behavior

Avoid stressing-out staff

Chartered Management Institute

Avoid stressing-out staff and alienating people. See the dirty half-dozen. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

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My New Domain Names…

Ron Edmondson

If you don’t know, I’m somewhat of a dreamer…a big thinker… I always have a new idea. Here are the domain names I own or I’ve purchased recently. I have vague ideas for each of them, but much of it is still a work in progress. When you see the name, what thoughts come to mind?

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Why do leaders need to innovate?

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development The success of a company lies in the ability of its leader. A great leader like Lee Iacocca can help a company on a verge of going out of business to recover its position in the market. A leader inspires people to achieve things they otherwise cannot do themselves. Great leaders create a vision and [.] Why do leaders need to innovate? Leadership Development Change Change Management Collaborate Innovation lead change Leadership Innovation

Earvin Johnson: “a whole new kind of magic”

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here’s a recent pst by Josh Linkner, author of Disciplined Dreaming as well as is the CEO and Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners. “For more information on creativity, visit In addition to my blog, you’ll find free videos, quizzes, articles, eBooks and more to help fuel your creative fire! “ * * * [.].

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A Leader’s Role in Culture Creation

Kevin Eikenberry

Organizational culture gets talked about a lot by people discussing success in organizations. It is rightly considered an important determining factor in measurements including retention, job satisfaction, trust levels, productivity and much more. Yet there are some common misconceptions about where culture comes from and who is responsible for it. Because of these misconceptions too [.]. Leadership Learning Teams culture organizational culture teambuilding

The Rainmaker 'Fab Five' Picks of the Week

Maximizing Possibility

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I like to start out each week by featuring five of my favorite reads from the previous week. Hope you enjoy and feel free to post your comments. Anthony Iannarino, The Sales Blog: Growing Pains and Sales' Responsibilities - Anthony responds to the question of how to manage client and client services at the same time.

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Building Great and Nimble Teams - An Equation #management

Management Craft

I am asked to evaluate teams, departments, and managers quite often. This work is sometimes done in the form of focus groups, interviews, or team training sessions. People ask me for my opinion about what needs to change to reduce dysfunction or improve team engagement or performance. The answer is never as simple as they hope. But this is no surprise to you, right? Although not a complete list, here are a few of the elements that often impact how a team is doing.

The Real Power of Community (or “Celebrities ‘Deserve’ Their Followers”)

Managing Communities

photo credit: the euskadi 11 Sometimes, people get caught up in thoughts that are very limiting, due to their own jealousy, insecurities, a lack of understanding or something else. One great example of this is a comment I once heard someone make. It was about a celebrity, I forget who. The person said that the [.]. Community Cultivation How Should I Participate

Pink or Blue: Who ARE You?

Women on Business

From the day you were born, actually even before conception, there are beliefs and stereotypes that are attached to gender. Pink is for girls and blue is for boys, right? The color thing is really fascinating. Here is some of the research from my book “GUTSY: How Women Leaders Make Change”. In the 1800’s babies were all gender neutral, wearing white “dresses” in infancy. They made sense; easy for changing diapers and easy to bleach when they became spotted and dirty.

Despair's Wailing List


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What’s in a Name? A Lot When It Comes to Innovation

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Lauren Pollak and Katherine Wakid for the Harvard Business Review blog’s series, “The Conversation.&# To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for a subscription to HBR email alerts, please click here. * * * Companies often launch separate teams [.].

24 Signs of A Philosophic Consultant

Rapid BI

24 Signs of A Philosophic Consultant - Philosophy and consulting are natural partners, and the benefits to both consultant and client can be great. To find a philosophic consultant, look for a professional who. guest Management 24 signs consultant philosophic

Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm on…Understanding Customer Perceptions of Value

The Practical Leader

We often hear the axiom that "perception is reality." " When it comes to assessing the service/quality levels delivered by our teams/organizations just who’s perception of reality are we using?

Leadership Caffeine: Frame Carefully to Improve Discussion Quality

Management Excellence

Decisions propel people, teams and organizations forward. Get more right than wrong…especially the big ones, and the only thing standing in the way of success is the critical issue of execution. And of course, most decisions start with a discussion. One of your important jobs as a leader is to ensure that your team is [.]. Leadership Leadership Caffeine Making Decisions Your Professional Development "To Do" List Decision Making Discussion Quality Framing the Issue

Why Being Certain Means Being Wrong

Harvard Business Review

Of all the headwinds we face as decision-makers, the power of one overshadows all others: our need for certainty. It is typically more important for us to feel right , than to be right — a difference that didn't matter much in the lives of our ancestors, but now matters a lot. Certainty is the feeling of confidence we have when we've figured things out.

One More Question

Next Level Blog

Sometimes the simplest things make the biggest difference. I see this all the time in coaching leaders. In fact, it's usually the simplest things that make the biggest difference. Here's an example. Please click the headline to read the whole story. executive presence Personal Presence

Five Tips for Coping with Uncertainty — and Finding Opportunity

Harvard Business Review

Clouds of uncertainty hover over the Western world. The consequences are stalling action. Companies are sitting on piles of cash, several CEOs have told me, as they wait for a resolution to the U.S. debt crisis before deciding what and where to invest or whether to hire. Job creation is slow and unemployment high , leaving millions uncertain about their futures.

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When Humor Isn’t So Funny

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. The old saying &# everybody loves a comedian &# has regretfully given birth to a time where everybody thinks they’re a comedian.

America's Deeper Debt Crisis

Harvard Business Review

How big would America's "debt crisis" be if we looked not merely at ( largely artificial ) financial costs, but at real economic — social, human, natural, personal, emotional, and more — costs? You probably don't want to know. But grit your teeth and let's do a quick back-of-the-envelope calculation just for fun. To begin with, America's gross public debt as a percentage of its GDP is around 98ish (aka, its debt/GDP ratio).


Five Proven Steps to Tomorrow’s Win

Leadership Freak

“Bold moves in the second and third quarter of your tenure tend to accelerate your career,” Pam Fox Rollin for newly promoted leaders. Short-term wins are like fireworks they’re breath-taking but fade quickly. You need long-term wins too. Plan next year’s win today. Plans identify resources and control budgets. Plans clarify staff development. Something’s wrong [.]. Author Book Notes Leading Marks of leaders Taking others higher Leadership Development

News Corp., Netflix, and the Value of Values

Harvard Business Review

Imagine a conservative British Prime Minister denouncing a powerful British mogul as "the unpleasant and unacceptable face of capitalism." No, it wasn't David Cameron excoriating Rupert Murdoch, the media baron, after reports that his company had bribed police officials to get at tawdry information. It was Edward Heath, back in 1973 , denouncing Rowland "Tiny" Rowland, the mining baron, after reports that his company bribed African leaders to get at their country's resources.

Your Vocabulary


Anderson Layman's Blog points to a vocabulary test. I think that reading lots of Dickens and Trollope will boost any vocabulary. Of course, reading many modern writers will boost another type of vocabulary

Joe’s Journal: On Paying Attention to Demographics

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is the latest post by Joseph A. Maciariello featured in the Joe’s Journal series at the Drucker Exchange (Dx) sponsored by the Drucker Institute. The Drucker Exchange (the Dx) is a platform for bettering society through effective management and responsible leadership. It is produced by the Drucker Institute, a think tank and action tank [.].

No Plan B


Michael P. Maslanka on how lawyers can improve their oral arguments. I'll have to read the book he cites. At this stage, I'm not sure if I agree with the advice of the authors but my assumptions may be unfair

shorts.007 | Getting Star Performers on the Bus


David Burkus explores the idea of getting the right people on the bus, taking into account recent research that challenges the portability of performance. This audio was inspired by David’s post, About That Bus.). LeaderLab is partnering with organizational scholars to gather research on the importance of building ethical climates. If you have 10 minutes, please help our research by taking a brief survey. Click Here to Help Our Research.

Business Ethics: No Such Thing


Here's a thought-provoking essay by Seth Godin on business ethics. I get uneasy whenever I hear people declare that good ethics = good business because that raises the question of "What would you do if it didn't?" You are supposed to be ethical because it is the right thing to do, not because ethical behavior enhances the bottom line

Branding in the Digital Age: A Practical Application

Harvard Business Review

One of the most common pieces of feedback we get from our readers is that you want to know more about how to put the ideas and advice from our magazine articles into practice in your own organizations. We have been exploring ways to do just that and want to share some of our early endeavors with you.

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The Italian Job


The trailer for the 1969 version. [I I was also going to post the trailer for the 2003 version but it gives away far too much of the plot


Are Tattoos One-way Conversations On Skin?

Bird's Eye View